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renton, New Jersey - Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) honored 21 fifth grader students from every county in the state for their award-winning artwork and essay on the state’s endangered and threatened species. The 11th annual Species on the Edge contest drew over 2,000 entries from throughout the state.

Students were asked to draw or paint one of New Jersey’s 83 at risk species and write a personal essay about how the animal became endangered and what we can do to help protect it.

“Each one of these exceptionally talented students has told a personal and compelling story that illustrates just how important it is to protect the at-risk wildlife that calls New Jersey home,” says David Wheeler, Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF). “Their vivid, inspiring artwork reveals the singular biodiversity that New Jersey offers and how our youngest generation can utilize their creativity to connect with the world around them.”

The winners were honored at an awards ceremony this week held at the New Jersey Education Association in Trenton, New Jersey. Contest sponsors include the New Jersey Education Association, PSE&G, GAF, Subaru of America, Atlantic City Electric, Church & Dwight, and ShopRite Supermarkets.

This year’s entries ranged from the Golden-winged warbler, a state threatened songbird, to the Bog turtle, a federally endangered reptile, to the Bobcat, a state threatened mammal. Other animals profiled by the winning fifth graders included birds such as the Piping plover, amphibians like the Pine Barrens treefrog and insects such as the Silver-bordered fritillary butterfly.

The winners include:

Jordyn Robinson, Sicklerville, Atlantic County

Ariela Alfonso, Rivervale, Bergen County

Ava Vaughn, Lumberton, Burlington County

Mansi Patel, Bellmawr, Camden County

Dominic Vitiello, Cape May Court House, Cape May County

Maritza Trejo, Port Norris, Cumberland County

Claryssa Martinez, Newark, Essex County

Anna Kilpatrick, Mantua, Gloucester County

Marena Faltas, Jersey City, Hudson County

Megan Eastman, Stockton, Hunterdon County

Sophia Phelan, Laurenceville, Mercer County

Gabrielle R. Bailey, Princeton Junction, Middlesex County

Trevor Crochet, Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County

Terrence Obuah, Hackettstown, Morris County

Caden Schroeder, Jackson, Ocean County

Daniel A. Midence, Clifton, Passaic County

Lauren Radi, Somerville, Somerset County

Logan Hanley, Lafayette, Sussex County

Olivia Qiu, Roselle Park, Union County

Marigold Green, Blairstown, Warren County

For more information about Species on the Edge, visit


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